Friday Finish: Layer Cake Strip Quilt

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In Kelli’s stack of quilts she wanted me to machine quilt was this fun little patriotic quilt top.  She didn’t have any borders on it so I asked if she minded if I add one.

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We planned on this being a charity quilt and to get it to a more use-able size I thought adding the borders would be a good idea.  I asked Kelli if she made up the pattern and she sheepishly said yes but there really isn’t a pattern.  Here’s the story….

She really wanted to make one of those Jelly Roll Race quilts but didn’t have a jelly roll.  We did have an almost complete layer cake here so she improvised.

She cut the layer cake pieces into 5 ~ 2″ strips.

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She mixed up the strips and sewed them into one long-long-long strip until every single piece was used.

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Ever single piece.

Then she cut off 5″ from one of the ends…and did the very same thing you do to make a Jelly Roll Race Quilt.

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She found half way point in her long-long-long strip and cut it in half. the sewed the  pieces together.

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She folded cut in half and cut and sewed..folded cut in half, cut and sewed again, and again and again until her unit was about 48″ x 46″.  If you make one, yours might be a little bigger.  Kelli didn’t have a complete layer cake to work with.  We were missing about about five squares.

I trimmed it up and added 5″ borders.

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We used the same border and binding.  You would need to cut 5 border strips and 5 binding strips.  Meaning you’d need about a 1 1/4 yards to do that.

The quilt ends up being 54″ x 56″…yours might be slightly larger with a whole layer cake.

For the quilting I used a red on top and a cream on the back.  The design is what I call headbands.  It’s simple but puts down a lot of thread.

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I really like using a dense design like that on simple quilts.  It seems to liven them up a bit and give them a little movement.


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All in all, we are very happy with the quilt.  We think we’ll be taking it and donating it for a lap quilt for a nursing home resident.  If you make one, we’d love to see it.

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Comments

  1. Donna says:

    This is a beautiful quilt. I have often wanted to try one of those jelly roll races but the end result would never be big enough since I want to make them bed size for a queen. I like the idea of the small pieces though – good for the grand kids! And I love your new top to your blog!

  2. Nancy Turner says:

    Love the color and pattern. Seems very easy to do. Now if I would have my other quilt top done before I start another one. I need a Sewing Room instead of using the dining room!!

  3. tubakk says:

    What a beautiful quilt.

  4. Kay says:

    I love Kelli’s quilt! Now I know what to do with the layer cake that I won. Yay! Thanks.

  5. Snowcatcher says:

    This also would be so perfect for the Wounded Warriors Project or any of the charities serving our military service men and women. It’s gorgeous, I love the colors and the quilting, and I’ve had the race design on my mind for a while now. You’ve made it move up a bit on my list!

  6. Great idea … I love the way the colors pool in some areas!

  7. Carmen says:

    What a great idea, and I love the way it looks!!

  8. maie ward says:

    Love love this quilt. like it so much better in the storter strips than the longg ones I have seen. you are the best Kelly and your mom Quilting is just fabolist .
    Marie

  9. Just pinned and shared on Facebook as one of this week’s features at Freedom Fridays!

    Hugs and thanks so much for sharing!!!

  10. Patricia Cash says:

    Love it, a great tribute to our country.

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